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December 14th, 2009, 09:39 AM
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OK. So I am taking Clomid because my progesterone was low so my doc said I'm not ovulating. So I began thinking that if I used OPK's they would also tell me if I was ovulating, just as my Day 21 blood work level will. Is that right? I mean do you get False positives on an OPK? I had never used them before so I don't know if it would have showed positive before.

But I did get a positive one on Cycle day 17. But I'm also thinking that if I didn't ovulate till cycle days 17-19 then my day 21 level will still show no ovulation and maybe I shouldn't have my blood test till day 25 or so cause I believe it should be done 7 days after ovulation, right?

Has anyone had this problem, or ovulated late like that? And I will ask the doc these questions at my next appt. But I thoguht i'd get some input now if I could.

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December 14th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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My RE doesn't do a CD21 blood test, but instead does a 7dpo blood test.

The CD21 test is assuming that you O on CD14 and that is not the case for everyone at all.

I would confirm O (w/OPKs and temps) and then ask for a 7dpo progesterone check.
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December 14th, 2009, 10:01 AM
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Ditto what Jordan said...

You can get false surges on OPK's, especially with clomid. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes, your body gears up to O (positive OPK) then something happens (sick, follicle doesn't rupture...) and then you don't O, then later, you may O again, with another + OPK down the line.

So, I would definitely use the OPK's to get a sense of when you may ovulate, and then use temping and the 7 DPO progesterone test to verify it. That would REALLy cover your bases
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